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Multimedia Laboratory

Code: MM0054     Acronym: LM

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Visual Arts
OFICIAL Communication Technology

Instance: 2017/2018 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Multimedia

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MM 57 Syllabus 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Carlos Manuel Cardoso de Oliveira 3,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2017-08-14.

Fields changed: Teaching methods and learning activities, Fórmula de cálculo da classificação final, Bibliografia Complementar, Componentes de Avaliação e Ocupação, Bibliografia Obrigatória, Programa

Teaching language



The learning objectives of this course include the development of the following professional attitude and skills:

a) autonomy and initiative in knowledge acquisition and integration of multimedia technologies;
b) multidisciplinary project and teamwork management skills;
c) concept, design and implementation of new innovative multimedia systems and applications, based in emergent technologies;
d) multimedia content specification and production, with communication effectiveness for the target public.

Learning outcomes and competences

As a result of project based learning, developed in multi-disciplinary teams, it is intended that students acquire multimedia skills in knowledge integration, project management, content production, design and implementation of new products, systems and applications.

Working method



Technology mediated human communication.
Empathy and emotion in narrative and culture.
Behavioural economics and user experience.

Project 1: Digital Narratives
The transmission of human culture has always been made through narrative. In this project we intend to explore the language of the new media in the construction of narratives.

Project 2: Social interaction systems
It is the social interaction that makes us human. This project intends to develop new forms of technology mediated social interaction.

Mandatory literature

Russ Unger , Carolyn Chandler; A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making, New Riders, 2012. ISBN: 978-0321815385

Complementary Bibliography

Dan Saffer; Designing for interaction. ISBN: 978-0-321-64339-1
Bill Moggridge; Designing interactions, MIT Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0262134743
Friedman, Anthony; Writing for visual media. ISBN: 978-0-240-80726-3
Tapscott, Don; Wikinomics. ISBN: 978-1-84354-636-8
Sherry Turkle ; Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, Basic Books, 2011. ISBN: 978-0465010219
Dan Ariely; Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, Harper, 2009. ISBN: 978-0061854545
written by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur; Business model generation. ISBN: 978-0-470-87641-1
Doumont, Jean-Luc; Trees, maps, and theorems. ISBN: 978-90-813677-07
Anna Meroni, Daniela Sangiorgi ; Design for Services, Routledge, 2011. ISBN: 978-0566089206
David Eagleman; The Brain: The Story of You, Canongate Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1782116615
Whitney Quesenbery, Kevin Brooks; Storytelling for user experience. ISBN: 978-1-933820-47-7
Yuval Noah Harari; Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Harvill Secker, 2016. ISBN: 978-1910701874

Teaching methods and learning activities

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of multimedia, the Lab course is operated in Project Based Learning groups. Projects are developed in teams, from the several programmes offering this course.

The methodology for development is organized in four iterative phases: discover, define, develop, deliver (double diamond). Tools for planning, document and communicate the projects are also addressed.


Social sciences > Communication sciences
Technological sciences > Technology > Communication technology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 25,00
Trabalho escrito 25,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 60,00
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 40,00
Frequência das aulas 44,00
Trabalho de investigação 18,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Active participation in the planning and development of the teamwork projects must be demonstrated.

Calculation formula of final grade

The final grade results of the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in the projects. In each project are evaluated the following components:

a) 50% Project results:
prototype demonstration (success in meeting the goals, degree of innovation, communication effectiveness, production quality, technical solution);

b) 25% Project communication: idea pitch, project pitch, project site, marketing teaser)

c) 25% Documentation of the project: user experience, technology and interface specifications. 

The final grade of each student will also depend on the results obtained in the peer review of his participation in the team.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Students under special assessment must also demonstrate active participation in the planning and development of the teamwork projects. Participation will be in a manner to be agreed with the teachers and the project groups, in order to facilitate independent activity, not requiring the presence in the classroom.

Classification improvement

As the assessment results from a distributed evaluation of a group project, without final exam, students may only improve their grades if they participate in a new edition of the course.

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